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Reserve 3% of govt jobs for PWDs, says India high court
Publication Date : 09-10-2013
The Supreme Court yesterday directed India's central government and state governments to provide three per cent job reservation to persons with disabilities in their departments, companies and public service utilities, observing that it is an “alarming reality” that they are unemployed due to social and practical barriers.
The court warned that not observing reservation scheme for disabled persons would be considered as an act of “non-obedience” and it would lead to initiation of departmental proceeding against the nodal officer concerned.
It also directed the centre and the state governments to compute the number of vacancies available in all the “establishments” and identify the posts for disabled persons within three months and implement it without default.
The court clarified that the principle of not exceeding more than 50 per cent reservation would not be applicable while granting quota for disabled persons.
NGO National Federation of the Blind had sought implementation of Section 33 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities) Act, 1995 alleging that the centre and states have failed to provide reservation to the blind and low vision persons and they are virtually excluded from the process of recruitment to government posts as stipulated under the Act.
The centre had come to the apex court against the Delhi High Court decision which had entertained the plea of the NGO.